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Corridor Couple Responds to Holder Announcement
NEWHALL, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--Same sex married couples will soon have more rights than ever before.
The announcement comes from us attorney general Eric Holder following the landmark Supreme Court ruling last June that struck down a key part of the defense of marriage act.
For Jen Rowray and Rita Devenney, this is the perfect picture.
"I want my kids to be raised in an environment...in just a world where people respect each other's relationships, she said.
They've been together for almost 14 years and married for four. They have six children
Now things are about to get easier for the family.
On Monday the Justice Department will issue a memo to its employees.
It will command them to give lawful and same-sex marriages full and equal recognition to the greatest extent under the law.
"I think it's great. Right now when we travel with the kids we have to carry a packet of information stating not only that we are legally married but that we have the right to the kids, Rowray said.
The move allows same sex married couples to file for bankruptcy jointly.
It also qualifies them for a number of benefit programs run through the justice department.
Even though it's taken this long to get things rolling, Jen says it's worth it.
"My biggest concern is legally taking care of my children. Taking care of her if anything were to happen. I want to make sure the house goes to her. I want to make sure the kids are taken care of, she said.
She says it's all about making sure her children can see the big picture.
I want them to just know that it's okay and that as long as you have a parent or two parents that love you, that's really all that matters, Rowray said.